In Memoriam: Iris Kaye Stovall


Iris Stovall, double Illinois alumna and longtime Department of Chemistry academic staff member, passed away on September 19, 2019.

Dr. Stovall received her M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Illinois in natural resources and environmental sciences, completing a postdoc at Illinois before joining the Department of Chemistry in 1979.

She served as assistant director of general chemistry from 1979 until 1997 and played an important role in the department’s high school outreach program. She went on to serve in various other positions at the university until her retirement in 2012.

Martin Gruebele, department head, recalled: “I knew Iris well, always a very focused and caring person, a key member of our teaching faculty who gave students ‘no-nonsense’ love.”

Read the News-Gazette obituary here.